Lawrence Schimel is a full-time author, writing in both Spanish and English, who has published over one hundred and twenty books in a wide range of genres. His own picture books have won a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI and have been selected for the White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany and chosen for IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities three times, among other awards and honors. His writing has been translated into over 40 languages, including Kurdish, Farsi, Welsh, Macua, Changana, Maltese, Romansh, and Icelandic.

He is also a prolific literary translator. Recent translations into Spanish include George Takei’s graphic novel memoir Nosll Llamaron Enemigo and Maggie Nelson’s Bluets. Recent translations into English include Poems ‘The Wind Blew In’ by Karmelo C. Iribarren, which won a Highly Commended Award in the 2020 CLiPPA and a PEN Translates Award from English PEN, and picture books The Day Saida Arrived by Susana Gómez Redondo, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, which was a finalist for the 2021 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and Some Days written & illustrated by María Wernicke, chosen for USBBY’s 2021 Outstanding International Books List. He was one of the original founders of World Kid Lit Month and is a staunch advocate for translating works for young readers.

He lives in Madrid, Spain.